Staff Researcher - Microfluidics and Bioengineering

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 16 Dec 2022

Staff Researcher - Microfluidics and Bioengineering

Job Reference: Ref.11.22.54

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Group/Unit: Medical Devices

Number of Vacancies:1

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration:48months(with possibility for indefinite contract)

Open Date for Applications:November 24th, 2022

Closing Date for Applications:December16th, 2022, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)

Key words:#microfluidics, #bioengineering, #biosensors, #organ-on-a-chip, #medicaldevices, #invitrodiagnostics


The Medical Devices Research Group is focused on the development of technologies for the understanding and diagnosis of diseases in close collaboration with the clinic towards the realisation of precision medicine.

We are looking for an experienced Staff Researcher to join our team and strengthen our activities in the field of microfluidics, cell manipulation and organ-on-a-chip.

Job Duties

The job duties will be the following:

1.  Integrate ongoing research projects in the fields of microfluidic cell sorting, microfluidic cell proliferation, single-cell monitoring, cell encapsulation, integration of microfluidic modules, and organ-on-a-chip.

2.     Report and disseminate research activities and results in research papers and scientific conferences.

3.     Prepare project documentation including deliverables, reports and presentations.

4.   Coordinate the execution of the technical deliverables of projects, in collaboration with partners

5.    Supervision of master and PhD students.



  • PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Biophysics, Biochemistry, or other related fields.


  • Over 4 years’ of relevant postdoctoral experience in the field.

  • Over 5 years’ experience in design and fabricationof microfluidic devices.

  • Over 5 years’ experience in handling and sorting cells using microfluidics.

  • Over 3 years’ experience in cell-based 3D in vitro models.

  • Experience in the integration of electronic and sensing components in microfluidics.

  • Experience in cancer research and cell biology.

  • Experience in funding attractionand international projects, grants and fellowships.

  • Experience supervising students.

  • Experience in laboratory management.

  • Experience in working with international and cross-functional teams.

  • Experience in publishing at the international level in high impact factor journals in the field.

Technical Skills

  • Cleanroom microfabrication techniques and rapid prototyping.

  • CAD software for 2D and 3D design.

  • Integration of sensors in microfluidics.

  • Small equipment prototyping.

  • Cell sorting.

  • Fluorescence microscopy.

  • Cell culture, patient samples.

  • Cell and molecular biology, immunocytochemistry.

  • Data analysis and statistics.

Other Skills

  • Grant and report writing.

  • Student supervision.

  • A good track record of disseminating research results to a scientific audience.

  • Interest in science communication to the general public.

Personal Skills

  • “Hands-on” approach.

  • Problem solving ability.

  • Strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Demonstrated ability working in an interdisciplinary environment.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Ability to meet deadlines.

  • Good communication skills.

Our Benefits

  • Competitive salary.

  • Tax benefits and other Diplomatic privileges.

  • Private health insurance.

  • Family allowances (according to family situation),

  • Free nursery service at INL premises (subject to availability).

  • Support for education fees of dependent children.

  • Relocation support.

  • 30 working days of annual leave.

How to Apply

The application must be in English and include thefollowingmandatory documents:

a)     Cover letter;

b)     Curriculum Vitae;

c)      Academic and/or Professionaldiplomas;

Online application instructions:

  • The application is made online by clicking the “Apply” button below;

  • The candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form;

  • The candidate must submit the mandatory documents mentioned above inpdf format by including them in the “Additional files” section using the “Add portfolio” button.

  • Important note:

    Incomplete applications including the failure to provide mandatory documents or providing inaccurate information will result in the application not being considered.

    How the Selection Process works

    A. Applications eligibility check

    This stage will be carried outon the basis of the mandatory requirements, education, experience and technical skills defined for the job, as well as the validation of the mandatory documents. Only candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will move forward to the next stage.

    B. CV Assessment

    The Selection Committee will evaluate the eligible applications based on their CV and other submitted documents and the suitability for the position. The best ranked candidates will be shortlisted for the interview stage(s).

    C. Interview(s)

    The interview(s) may be done in different formats:video recording, online or onsite.

    The question-based interview will evaluate the match between the candidate’s profile and the requirements for the position, including the technical and personal skills. To better support this stage, the candidate may be requested to prepare a short presentation.

    D. Nomination

    The selected candidate will be nominated and formally offered the position, including the disclosure of the contractual conditions. 

    Additional Information

    Application feedback

    We highly value your interest in becoming part of the INL experience and it is important for us to maintain good communications with all candidates. No matter the outcome of your application, we will always provide you with feedback.

    Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

    INL follows a non-discrimination and equal access principle, wherefore no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any rights whatsoever, or be exempt of and duties based on any possible discriminatory issues.

    The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.

    About INL

    The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL ( ), is the first and only Intergovernmental Organisation in the world entirely focused on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

    It was founded under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research, deploy and communicate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to be a recognised leading global nanotechnology innovation hub.

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